MATCH INFO: Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City on Sunday, August 20, at 5 p.m. CT; Toyota Park; Bridgeview, IL. Watch live on the go90 app or NWSLsoccer.com.
SERIES HISTORY: Chicago holds the advantage in the Midwest rivalry with an overall record of 6-5-4 against FC Kansas City. The last match took place back on April 22, when Chicago took a 1-0 home win with Julie Ertz scoring her first goal of 2017. In 2016, the two clubs faced off four times, splitting the series with a win each and two draws. Christen Press scored twice against Kansas City, while Shea Groom scored a brace for the Blues in 2016.
SCOUTING KANSAS CITY: The 2014 and 2015 NWSL Champions are looking to make a push into playoff contention in the final portion of the 2017 season. With two back-to-back wins, FC Kansas City has plenty of momentum coming into the match in Chicago. On Wednesday, Kansas City took a much needed win over Portland when Sydney Leroux and Yael Averbuch both scored in a come-from-behind win. Leroux, who has had to step up on the offensive side after Amy Rodriguez tore her ACL in the beginning of the season, has notched four goals this season for FCKC. The backline is led by the leadership of Becky Sauerbrunn, while veteran Nicole Barnhart is in goal and is second in NWSL in saves (75).
RED STARS MILESTONES: Alyssa Mautz currently sits at 104 overall appearances.
LEADING THE NWSL: Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo is tied for the lead in assists (16) for all active players in NWSL. In 2015 and 2016 DiBernardo finished second overall in the NWSL in assists.
USWNT CALL-UP: Sofia Huerta earned her first call from the U.S. Women’s National Team and practiced with the team during the recent FIFA break. Huerta, 24, did not dress for the games due to the U.S. WNT currently trying to gain the rights from Mexico, in which Huerta played five games for.
HOME HEARTBREAK: Chicago moved to Toyota Park full-time for the 2016 NWSL season and quickly adapted to the pitch. Since moving to Toyota Park, the Red Stars have lost just three times. However, the past two home games mark the first time Chicago has lost back-to-back at Toyota Park.
YOUNG & EXPERIENCED SQUAD: The Red Stars have one of the youngest rosters in the league, with a combined average age of 24.45, with seven players 23 years old or younger. However, a majority of the team has been together for three seasons, making it one of the most cohesive teams in the league.
TOP-NOTCH GOALKEEPERS: During the 2016 season, with the combination of goalkeepers Alyssa Naeher and Michele Dalton, Chicago only allowed 22 goals. The Red Stars currently have allowed 18 goals, which is top three for fewest allowed in the NWSL.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Red Stars currently sit in third place in the NWSL league standings with 29 points. Teams sitting in second through fifth are only separated by five points with six games remaining in the NWSL.
NEXT MATCH: Red Stars head to Washington to take on the Spirit on Saturday, August 26. The last match between the two clubs was June 17 at Toyota Park, where the two teams took a 1-1 draw. Christen Press scored the equalizer off a penalty kick for Chicago in the 82nd minute.
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